Texas Appellate Court Rules That Mineral Leases with Municipalities Are Worth More Than the Paper They Are Written On

By | Drill Deeper | February 17, 2017
On February 7, 2017, a Texas appellate court ruled that the city of Dallas must face a $200 million lawsuit filed back in 2014, where a driller alleged that the city acted improperly by entering into a mineral lease with the company and then denying it permits to drill—effectively rendering the lease worthless. View Full Post
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Around the Horn: Perry, Policy & Politics

Horn_Robert Robert Horn Adam Sachs Adam Sachs During his confirmation hearing to become Secretary of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry sensibly walked back his 2011 recommendation that the Department of Energy (DOE) be eliminated. After a few weeks on the job, it is now apparent that the secretary not only thinks the DOE should continue to exist but recognizes it’s an essential element of our national security. View Full Post
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Trump Administration’s Regulatory Freeze Impacts Environmental, Health, Safety, and Pipeline Regulations

By | Emerging Energy Insights | February 16, 2017
No RegulationsAs we reported in a previous blog post, President Trump’s Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review” to all federal executive departments and agencies implementing a regulatory freeze on new and pending regulations.  This post provides some further information and insight into the freeze and the specific impacts it has had and will have on final and proposed environmental, health, safety, and pipeline regulations. View Full Post
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EPA CERCLA 108(b) Financial Assurance Proposal Ripe for Remedial Action

By | The Nickel Report | February 16, 2017
On January 11, 2017, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule pursuant to Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA or Superfund), mandating extensive and costly financial assurance requirements applicable to the hardrock mining and mineral processing industry. View Full Post
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Keeping Information Confidential: What Businesses Need to Know About Recent Developments Under FOIA and the CWA

Most businesses face numerous privacy concerns. Businesses that provide confidential information to regulatory agencies face a unique challenge: How can they keep this information private? Recently, several hundred power plants faced this challenge when environmental groups sued EPA to compel disclosure of confidential information the plants had provided to EPA. View Full Post
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Bipartisan Governors Push Trump to Support Renewables in Infrastructure Planning

By Brian Harms and Emily Prince On February 13, 2017, a bipartisan coalition of 20 US governors published a letter imploring President Donald Trump to support the renewables industry. The group highlighted the wide impact the industry has across the nation, employing hundreds of thousands of Americans and transforming low-income and rural communities.  View Full Post
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Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

By | Energy Technology Matters | February 15, 2017
As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), Al Franken (D-MN), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). View Full Post
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Issuance of Request for Qualification for 200 MW of Wind Energy in Saskatchewan

By | Canadian Energy Perspectives | February 15, 2017
Issuance of Request for Qualification for 200 MW of Wind Energy in Saskatchewan By Jacob Stone Jacob Stone Last week, SaskPower, the provincial electricity production corporation for Saskatchewan, initiated a procurement process for 200 MW of wind energy for a fixed term of 25 years. The request for qualifications phase has begun and will be followed by a request for proposals later this year. View Full Post
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Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

By | Mineral Law | February 14, 2017
Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature: Oil and Gas SB 5462 and HB 1611 – These two almost identical bills are follow-ups to the Oil Transportation Safety Act that was enacted in Washington two years ago. View Full Post
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Help! the DEP Guidance Document I Need is Missing!

By | E2 Law Blog | February 14, 2017
Help! the DEP Guidance Document I Need is Missing! The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), as is typical of government agencies, regularly releases guidance documents explaining how to interpret or apply its programs and regulations. Once drafted and again once finalized, these documents are published in DEP’s Online Library, where they can be accessed through browser searches or directly through the eLibraryView Full Post
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